Posted in What's for Dinner

Smoky Pork and Beans Chili

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I don’t always know in the morning what I’ll be in the mood for at the end of the day. Sometimes, I just opt for throwing some meat along with a little broth and salt and pepper into the crockpot and wait for inspiration to come. That is how this recipe came about. I started a small roast cooking and then did some investigation into my options. Originally, I thought maybe green chili pork, but it got pushed aside for this recipe. It’s still pork and chilis but taken up a notch with the smoky flavor of chipotles.

This isn’t quite as easy as coming home to a fully cooked crockpot meal, but with fifteen minutes of prep and thirty minutes of simmer time, you can have something pretty yummy on the table. Just add some cornbread, tortilla chips, or crusty garlic bread for a hearty and satisfying dinner.


Smoky Pork and Beans Chili

Ingredients
• 1 ½ pounds pork roast
• ½ cup chicken broth
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste
• 1 heaping tablespoon minced garlic
• 1 tablespoon cumin
• 1 tablespoon minced chipotles in adobo sauce
• 1 ½ dried oregano
• 2 cups chicken broth
• 2 15-ounce cans of pinto beans, rinsed
• 1 15-ounce can corn
• 1 15-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• Sliced green onions or chopped cilantro for serving
Instructions
1. Place roast and broth in the crockpot, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook on low for 8 hours or until meat shreds easily. The pressure cooker will also work here.
2. On medium heat add oil to soup pot; heat until hot. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
3. Add tomato paste, garlic, cumin, chipotle, and oregano. Cook the mixture, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
4. Stir in broth, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 2 minutes.
5. Stir in beans, tomatoes, and the shredded pork; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 30 minutes.
6. Add lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with scallion greens or cilantro and serve. Enjoy!


One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
Luciano Pavarotti


Weight Watchers: 3 Smart Points per 1 1/2 cups.

Posted in Dumping Dinner

Dumping Dinner: Calico Beans

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Start with a variety of beans.

The first BBQ weekend of the summer is here and so I thought you might like and easy side dish to add to what is going on the grill. Marie, my daughter’s mother-in-law, has a version of Calico Beans that is much sought after at family gatherings and her pot usually goes home empty.

I actually grew up with a similar recipe. It was an easy week night meal that Mom could throw together in a flash. Like many of the recipes found on the internet, she used pork and beans. She cooked up onions and ground beef, then added the beans along with the catsup, mustard, and brown sugar and simmered everything a bit. I still make it occasionally when I want a taste from childhood.


Calico Beans

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces bacon, diced. You can use precooked if you like.
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans white beans, any variety [See notes]
  • 1 14.5 ounce black beans
  • 1 14.5 ounce kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Cook bacon until medium.
  2. Stir in onions and cook until soft.
  3. Add ground beef. Cook until no longer pink.
  4. Dump bacon, onion, ground beef mixture in crock pot. Dump in the rest of the ingredients. Give it a stir.
  5. Cook on low for 4 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

These beans can be put together in a freezer bag to make later. Just leave the ground beef in a chunk and break up after cooking in the crock pot. Omit the bacon. It can be added later in the cooking process. When ready to cook, dump in crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.

Notes:

  • This recipe can be made on the stove top from start to finish or poured in a casserole dish and baked for an hour or so, until bubbly and brown around the edges. Yum.
  • You can use any combination of beans that suits you.
  • I did not have a full 1/2 cup catsup so I used some mild salsa for the rest.